Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester (VAAC)

Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester (VAAC)

At a glance


  • Voluntary sector support

Other details

Geographical remit: 


We are an organisation that promotes and supports voluntary and community groups providing a voice for the voluntary sector across Arun and Chichester.

We are a membership organisation for voluntary and community organisations in Arun and Chichester. We have over 400 members and the numbers continue to grow. Our members give us regular feedback on the services we provide, which helps us tailor the support they need to develop their community work.

Our skilled board of trustees set the strategic direction and delegate operational responsibilities to an enthusiastic, experienced and hard-working staff and volunteer team.

Our Mission: what we do

To provide support and development services to the voluntary and community sector, to bring about sustained and positive change to the lives of individuals and communities throughout Arun and Chichester.

Our Vision: why we exist

To see a strong, vibrant voluntary and community sector that supports, inspires and empowers individuals and communities throughout Arun and Chichester.

Values: principles we work within

  • Inclusive: we welcome all kinds of voluntary and community groups and social enterprises into membership
  • Innovative: we respond to the changing needs of the VCS
  • Quality: we deliver high quality information, advice, training and support
  • Partnership: we recognise that we are stronger and make a greater impact in partnership
  • Representative: we promote and champion the views of the sector

Stakeholders: those we connect with

  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Volunteers
  • West Sussex Voluntary and Community Sector Infrastructure Alliance
  • Public Sector
  • Businesses
  • Communities and individuals
  • Privacy Notice
  • VAAC Staff
  • VAAC Trustees
  • VAAC Funders
  • Annual Report
  • Infographic
  • West Sussex Alliance


Free 1:1 support on the following;

  • Start ups – finding the right organisational structure, writing a governing document, recruiting trustees, opening a bank account …
  • Policies (which ones you should have) and practice
  • Strategy planning and measuring impact
  • Advice on writing funding bids
  • Recruiting volunteers including Trustees – Contact Volunteer Now!
  • Health Checks – advice on development and check you have everything in place
  • Advice on websites and getting your message across
  • Access to FREE networking and training events


We also offer the following services at a charge:

  • Training courses (although subsidised)

Consultancy services – we charge for pieces of work that are more involved than advising. Examples include:
- Facilitating strategy development days for Trustee Boards
- Writing funding bids
- Assisting boards with mergers
- Running bespoke training for organisations

No current opportunities

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